Porphyromonas gingivalis can cause more than oral disease
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory oral disease in which bacteria embed themselves in plaque under the gum and attack the immune system. Porphyromonas gingivalis, the destructive baterium associated with periodontitis, can enter the blood stream, causing additional health problems.
The Oral Health CRC is researching the behaviour of P gingivalis and working on the development of new technologies that can prevent and treat periodontitis.
Read an interview with the CEO of the Oral Health CRC, Melbourne Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO, in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald.